Friday, March 15, 2019

Vicious Minds , part 1 by JJ McAvoy .... 5 Clock Reveiw by Dawn

Part one of the epic two-part conclusion to the Ruthless People and Children of Vice series… In the end…we all lose. How well do you think you know the Callahans? Yes, I’m asking you. Because I know you’ve been watching. The chaos, the violence, the love, and the madness—who could look away? Not me, for sure. My grandmother always told me…where you look is where you go. So I ask again, how well do you think you know the Callahans? Do you really think you understand Melody, Liam, or even Ethan? I have to wonder—will your mind be able to handle it? We haven’t met yet, but ready or not, here I come. The true queen of Chicago. For now, you may call me Calliope. Catch up on the Children of Vice Series: CHILDREN OF VICE, Book 1: “From the Ruthless, Vice shall Rise.” CHILDREN OF AMBITION, Book 2: "Show me a strong woman and I’ll show you the scars on her soul that made her so.” CHILDREN OF REDEMPTION, Book 3: “I do not come in peace.”

It happens once or maybe twice a year or maybe not even that often. But when it does happen, there is this feeling of overwhelming satisfaction. A story that checks all the boxes of what makes an amazing read. This, this is exactly how I felt with Vicious Minds, part 1. Then you realize there is at least one more book to come, to finish out this series and make our Ruthless People-Children of Vice series complete.
Superb writing and so many unexpected twists and turns. Ms. McAvoy, just gets better with each additional book to this series, her talent lies in the details.  She can tell you with just a few words like “that was an angels kiss,” you can just hear the evil smile in their voice. Making our hearts speed up and sending our minds racing. The fact that she can keep everyone and everything straight from book 1 to book  8, is astonishing. There are so many players and factors in place, it can make your head spin . But in the best way possible. 
Ethan, is reeling (we think) from Ivy’s death and the fact that he has figured that his parents are BOTH still alive, when a knock on the door changes everything. 
The story takes us back to the past and we get to see the relationship between Calliope and Ethan develope. Revelation after revelation, are unearthed and the result is absolutely mind blowing. You think you have an idea as to what will happen nextt, YOU most certainly do not. Calliope, is everything Ivy wished she could be, but could never achieve. She is cunning, strong, determined and hungry to be the new Queen in town. Never too far away form Ethan, watching him and waiting on her chance to make her presence known. Cali, is a woman with a plan and will stop at nothing to get it. Will Ethan work with or against Calliope? Will she be able to share the spot light with someone who has the power to take it all away and destroy her heart as well as her plans to rule?
Ethan and Cali, are FIRE, It really is that simple. They are combustible. They are cool as ICE. They are unbothered by the path of destruction they leave behind them. They are also very much in love, a weakness Ethan, never wanted to allow in to  cripple him.  They will stop at nothing to keep and protect their love and family. Sound familiar? Maybe, but there is one thing for sure, there is a new King and Queen in town and I am so ready for the war that is coming . Hell hath no furry like a man who wants revenge, and a woman at his side who wants to rule with him.
And now we wait on part 2 .

                               5 Clocks for Vicious Minds pt.1
                                                JJ McAvoy

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Riding Hard , Bennett Boys Ranch by Lauren Landish...... 5 clock review by Dawn

As the eldest brother, the responsibility for the family ranch now rests on Mark Bennett’s broad shoulders. He wouldn’t have it any other way—he loves being in charge. Working hard on the land helps him stay focused and keeps him from noticing what’s missing in his life—what he’ll never allow himself to have for fear that one small taste will break his careful control.
But a sweet blue-eyed blonde has just arrived in town, and the attraction between them is undeniably hot. So Mark tightens the reins around his heart—how can he tell her what he really wants?
Events planner Katelyn Johnson’s new gig is the wedding of a rodeo superstar. Right now, it’s tough not to focus on the rider’s tempting older brother. So far, getting beneath Mark’s gorgeously gruff exterior has been a pleasure.
What she needs to do is go a little deeper. But the closer they get, the more Mark pulls away. Katelyn’s not afraid of a challenge, though. Whatever deep desires he’s hiding, she wants in on his secrets.
All she has to do is get past his legendary reserve. With all her body, heart, and soul, there’s nothing she can’t handle.

Dawn's Review

First off, lets all appreciate a very grown up Jace Dean gracing the cover! Fantastic photo by Wander Agular. 

Ok, now that, that is done, I SO enjoyed this story. I had not read the previous book or books in this series and was afraid I would be lost, not at all. This is a connected standalone series, you will not feel you missed something by having not read the others. 
Mark, is the oldest and most mysterious of the Bennett brothers. Never getting serious with anyone and running the families ranch. His focus is ranch and family, that is it. He makes no time for a social life because Mark, harbors desires that have come back to haunt him. He stays busy to keep those desires at bay. Little did he know he would literally knock Katelyn Johnson, off her feet.
Katelyn, is new to town and looking for something completely new! Moving to a new town, starting a new job and knowing absolutely no one, makes everyday a new exciting adventure. Not looking for love, Katelyn is thrown for a loop when Mark Bennett, walks into her office sending her tumbling .
I found Mark to be a bit frustrating at times not annoyingly so, just a little. His desires often wanted to get the best of him when it comes to Katelyn, but he resists. 
Their chemistry is off the charts and they BOTH are trying to do the right thing by not blurring the lines. 
This is typical wonderful Lauren Landish, the writing is fantastic and the characters are lovable and totally enjoyable.

Riding Hard 
by Lauren Landish 
5 Clocks
Book provided by NetGalley 

Brothers In Arms by Penny Dee book #2 ......Review by Dawn

Brothers in Arms (The Kings of Mayhem MC Book 2) by [Dee, Penny]

Someone is going to pay.
But who?

They took someone from me. 
And I’m going to make them pay.
In blood.
But before I can do that, I have to make sure my girl is safe. 
And I will do whatever I have to, even break my own heart, to make sure she survives.
Because she is my queen. 
My everything. 

He’s changed. 
His grief is overwhelming and I can feel the gap widening between us.
Someone is coming after the Kings of Mayhem MC. 
And we are trapped as they play out their evil scheme. 
Because under the cover of darkness, they are coming for each of us, one by one, to play out their own twisted vendetta. 
And no one is safe.

Dawn's Review

When I had finished the first book I was sorta of shocked that it left me on a cliff. I knew this was a series, I just didn't realize that the first 2 books would be Cade and Indy's. Actually book 1 is their love story and this one , this is about revenge and the love shared between friends and family as well as Cade and Indy. 
I am truly enjoying this series! 
The past is not Cade's friend. First he has to face the past mistakes he made with Indy and now he is facing someone with a personal vendetta against his club. The drama is definitely a big draw for me to this series. You never quite know what is going to happen next. Cade, suffers a loss so profound that it almost causes him his beloved Indy. But Indy, she is not so quick to give up and will go to the ends of the earth for Cade. With the danger amping up Cade is beside himself with keeping Indy safe. He goes as far as crushing Indy again with his devastating act of betrayal. Only this time Indy knows he is trying to send her away and is not letting that happen. 
This story has betrayal, sexiness in spades and love. Not just the love of a man and woman, but the love shared between family and friends. It was really heartbreaking to read Cade's feelings with he loses Issac. When Indy is with Maribelle and tragedy strikes after the exciting new, man that was gripping!  
Wonderfully written, an easy ready and a really great series, that keeps me coming back for 

4 clocks for Brothers in Arms by Penny Dee

Book provided by NetGalley for honest review